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"Like a Fairy Tale" is the theme of the 2009 Nobel menu, divertissement and floral decorations. The table of honour is decorated with roses, buttercups, lilies, carnastions and alstroemeria in different nuances.
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Seated at the table of honour at the Nobel Banquet are (from left to right): Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Thomas A. Steitz, Crown Princess Victoria and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.
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More than 30 chefs and 230 servers provide the guests with the banquet meal. The more than 60 tables in the Blue Hall are covered with 470 metres of linen cloth, and the meticulous table setting comprises no fewer than 7,000 porcelain pieces, 5,000 glasses and 10,000 items of silverware.
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Princess Madeleine, Crown Princess Victoria, Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Mrs Vera Rosenberry Ramakrishnan, Hagith Yonath, Nobel Laureate Ada E. Yonath, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Her Majesty Queen Silvia, Joan Argetsinger Steitz, Nobel Laureate Thomas A. Steitz, and Prince Carl Philip.
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From left to right: Prince Carl Philip, Crown Princess Victoria, Nobel Laureates Jack W. Szostak, Carol W. Greider and Elizabeth H. Blackburn, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Her Majesty Queen Silvia, and Princess Madeleine at the Nobel Banquet.